Japanese aster

Kalimeris yomena

Kalimeris yomena 'Aurea'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Japanese aster (Kalimeris yomena)
kal-ih-MER-iss yo-ME-nah
Synonyms:  Kalimeris incisa 'Shogun'
Genus:  Kalimeris
Beautiful variegation brightens the green and grey mottled foliage. A wide creamy-golden margin blends to the edge of the cut-leaf foliage. Its spreading branches mingle softly with its garden neighbors. Blooming in early fall, 12-  to 15-inch stems produce light lavender aster-like flowers with a yellow center.
Care:  Plant in part shade to ensure the brightest variegation without the "crisping" that may occur to the leaves when planted in full sun. Variegation will fade a bit as summer progresses. Pinching back in summer will encourage new variegated growth.
Propagation:  In spring, cool-stratify seed for 2 weeks prior to surface sowing in a cold frame. Divide in spring.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Purple
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Waterside
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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